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Bob and Michelle Gustafson Focus On Being "Conformed"

Sabbath services on October 15, 2016 began with a piano introit by Jacqueline Miller. Bob and Michelle Gustafson led the song service.  The opening song was “Holy, Holy, Is What the Angels Sing”.  Bob Gustafson welcomed everyone and had prayer.

He then showed a Mission Spotlight video about an Adventist homeless shelter that provides both physical and spiritual support to the homeless and about a Jew who gave his life to Jesus and started working for other Jews. Michelle Gustafson then called for the Laurelbrook Missions Offering, which was collected by Itzel and Jissel (9th graders) and which goes to support Laurelbrook mission trips. 

Bob and Michelle Gustafson had the superintendent’s remarks on the subject “Conformed or Informed?” Gerry Lewin, Bob Gustafson, and Michelle Gustafson sang “This World Is Not My Home” as a vocal trio, Gerry Lewin accompanying the group on the guitar. Bob Gustafson had the closing prayer. The congregation then sang “When We All Get to Heaven”.
Elizabeth Castle taught a Sabbath School class on Job amidst Satan’s temptations in the church sanctuary.  The students went with Bob and Michelle Gustafson to put on a program in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home.
Following are a few notes from the theme talk: 
  1. Romans 15:2,5 “2 Let every one of us please [his] neighbour for [his] good to edification. 5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:”
  2. “Informed” means we know the information; “conformed” means we are living according to the information we know.
  3. Many people know the Bible cover to cover, but they don’t live it. Perhaps this is because people have not chosen to let the Holy Spirit lead them in their lives so no change comes.
  4. Ellen White was just 17 when she had her first vision.  Many students can be led by the Lord to do a work for Him.
  5. Ellen White in Early Writings in a section called “Trials of Faith” says that Satan knows that his time is short, but God’s grace and power is sufficient for all our trials. We must always have on God’s armor and always be prepared for Satan’s temptations and trials.
  6. When we murmur, complain, and repine, we make our trials worse. If we are not on God’s side, God leaves us where we are in our experience.
  7. We must not expect to please ourselves and be conformed to the world and go to heaven.
Personnel Other Than Students:

Bob Gustafson – Laurelbrook men’s work coordinator and vice-president / local head church elder
Elizabeth Castle – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Gerry Lewin – works in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home
Jacqueline Miller – semi-retired nurse living on the Laurelbrook property
Michelle Gustafson – wife of Bob Gustafson / manages the school kitchen
Many of the students and staff members were not present because it was Fall Break time and because a group has gone to Mexico to hold evangelistic meetings and because the Alumni Association was holding its annual campout at Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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